Three-Week Summer Medicine Program
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Heart-thumping emergency scenes meet the latest breakthrough technologies in emergency medicine in this exciting new program!
Students will preview actual case studies of trauma from accident scenes ranging from car accidents to the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes or avalanches.
In cases that require surgical intervention, they will preview anatomical structures and surgical techniques, conducting their own mock surgery and practicing their suturing techniques. They will learn about imaging techniques such as x-rays, MRIs, and techniques used by radiologists to assess the extent and nature of injuries.
For sprains and like injuries, they will learn diagnosis techniques and practice splinting injuries.
Teens will examine treatment for burn injuries as well, learning about and practicing immediate life-saving techniques. They will learn about longer-term solutions as well such as skin-grafting and advances from biomedical engineering that employ tissue scaffolding to create sheets of skin that may be used to save the lives of burn victims.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.
The pace continues with a riveting look at life-or-death poisonings where minutes can make a difference in deciding what to use as an emergency antidote and when purging the poison is in order and when it can do more harm than good by re-injuring the esophagus. A look at chemistry will help students understand how the antidote works and what antidotes may be ruled out because of complications that may be caused when the person is taking other medications or when they have allergies.
The pace never lets up as students re-enact the scene of an emergency situation such as an avalanche that has left multiple victims on a ski slope with broken bones, hypothermia, and severe frostbite. They must triage the survivors, intervening on the scene with life-saving help and learning to improvise in wilderness situations where they have limited access to emergency room equipment.
Students will also practice CPR, study injury prevention, and learn how to take a patient’s vital signs.
Additionally, throughout the course, students will brainstorm and work on personal research projects concerning hot button topics in the world of emergency medicine. They will present their work to the group at the end of the three weeks.
This program is perfect for teens looking for a pre-college medical program and for those thinking of pursuing pre-med, or are otherwise interested in careers as a physician, surgeon, MD, EMT/Paramedic, or working in an ER or hospital.
In past years, students have visited the following locations:
Northeastern Simulation Center: Transformable labs provide students the opportunity to experience trauma, surgery, and other life or death situations. Students interact with patient simulations, actors, faculty, and other students to experience the rush of adrenaline and emotions involved in emergency situations before tackling real life scenarios.
Newton-Wellesley Emergency Department with guest speaker Dr. Mark Lemons: Dr. Lemons is the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Students had the opportunity to ask any and all questions they could come up with, went behind-the-scenes of the fast-paced environment, and heard step by step how to pursue a career in emergency medicine.
Our great teacher, Rony Diaz, is pictured on the right, helping two students last summer. In real life, Rony is completing his first year at Texas Tech University Medical School. Additionally, Rony earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biochemistry from Texas Tech. He has served as a TA in medical school and taught for BLI last year, earning rave reviews.
‘The program itself was actually life-changing. By that, I mean I wasn’t going to be a doctor until I came here. This program was amazing and I think it’s largely because Rony was awesome. He had us participate in a really cool simulation, witness an ultrasound, and talk to an emergency medicine doctor! Rony was patient, kind and overall just a wonderful teacher!’
‘The program was very hands on allowing me to not only absorb the information through lectures, but also while applying it through simulations. I LOVED this program.’
‘Rony was a wonderful teacher who was truly knowledgeable about the topic of emergency medicine. He also knows how to teach us so that we’ll understand. Handling a real ultrasound on a real human, interacting with an ER simulation and asking EMT’s and an ER doctor about the field were awesome.’
‘I liked all of the hands-on aspects of the program to help apply and practice the skills we learned. I also enjoyed our simulations lab field trip to Northeastern.’
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